The Ultimate Guide to Cherry Blossom Photo Spots in Japan

The spring season in Japan brings beautiful blooming flowers and trees for visitors to see. In this article we show you the best places in Japan to take your cherry blossom engagement or pre wedding photos.

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Hokkaido | Kyoto | Nagoya | Nara | Shizuoka | Tokyo 




Hokkaido Sakura Spots

Generally known for its icy landscapes and delicious snow crab, did you know Hokkaido has something to offer for all seasons? The "sakura" (cherry blossom) season in Hokkaido usually runs from late April to early May and brings a wave of beautiful pink petals. Here are the top 3 places to have the perfect cherry blossom photo shoot in Hokkaido!

Best time to go: Late April to Early May 

1. Maruyama Park 

Beautiful sakura photo in Hokkaido — Photo by B'point photo

A beautiful sakura photo taken in Hokkaido — Photo by B'point photo

Located in Sapporo, Maruyama Park is home to the Hokkaido Shrine and Maruyama Zoo. The park has about 150 cherry blossom trees and is a popular picnic spot in the spring. 


2. Nakajima Park

Raining cherry blossoms — Photo by B'point photo

Raining cherry blossoms! — Photo by B'point photo

With cherry blossom trees sprinkled throughout the park, Nakajima is a popular "hanami" (flower viewing) spot for the spring season. The park, well known for its ponds, tea houses, and observatory, also offers many other activities for visitors. 


3. Asahiyama Park 

Under a cherry blossom tree — Photo by B'point photo

Under a cherry blossom tree — Photo by B'point photo

Asahiyama Park was first opened to celebrate Sapporo's 100 year anniversary back in 1970. Recommended for all ages, the park has a number of walkways for visitors to explore. 




Kyoto Sakura Spots

The former capital of Japan, the city of Kyoto is packed full of beautiful traditional architecture as well as many gardens and temples to visit. Known as "the place to be" to see the most beautiful cherry blossoms, Kyoto has countless flower viewing spots. Here are the three most popular for your cherry blossom photo shoot: 

Best time to go: Late March to Early April 


1. Kyoto Botanical Garden 

Catch me! — Photo by TAGAYA BRIDALCatch me! — Photo by TAGAYA BRIDAL

With more than 500 cherry blossom trees, the Kyoto Botanical Garden is one of the most popular cherry blossom spots in Kyoto. The garden is also known to be one of the oldest gardens in Japan. 


2. Kaege Incline

A dramatic photo with the cherry blossoms — Photo by elle pupa

A dramatic photo under the cherry blossoms — Photo by elle pupa

Once used as a train line, this old railway is lined with beautiful cherry blossom trees and is one of the best places in Kyoto to enjoy them. It is a very popular photo spot for couples by virtue of its tranquil background which creates amazing photos. 


3. Philosopher's Path 

Forest of cherry blossoms — Photo by studio zero

Forest of cherry blossoms — Photo by studio zero

Lined with numerous cherry blossom trees, this stone path is a popular spot in spring when the sakura are in full bloom. The Philosopher's walk, also known as the Philosopher's Path, is about 2 kilometers long and provides picturesque photo backgrounds for every season. 




Nagoya Sakura Spots

Though often labeled the "most boring" place to visit in Japan, Nagoya offers many pretty locations for your engagement or pre wedding photo shoot. There are a number of picturesque parks and riversides for visitors to explore, and our top three are as follows.

Best time to go: Late March to Early April 


1. Yamazakigawa Riverside

The Yamazakigawa riverside has more than 100 cherry blossoms — Photo by WEDDING AVENUE

The Yamazakigawa riverside has hundreds of cherry blossom trees — Photo by WEDDING AVENUE

Hundreds of cherry blossoms line the "Path of Four Seasons", the famous path which follows the Yamazakigawa riverside. 


2. Tsuruma Park

Many cherry blossoms in Tsuruma Park — Photo by WEDDING AVENUE

Many cherry blossoms in Tsuruma Park — Photo by WEDDING AVENUE

Housing about 1,200 cherry blossoms, Tsuruma Park in Nagoya is said to have a mix of both Japanese and Western style gardens. Each style has its own area of the park and makes for a lovely photo spot. 


3. Nagoya Peace Park 

Nagoya Peace Park has more than 2,500 cherry blossom trees — Photo by Studio 8Nagoya Peace Park has more than 2,500 cherry blossom trees — Photo by Studio 8

Though there are a number of memorials in the park, in the spring time Nagoya Peace Park is most well known for its cherry blossoms. With over 2,500 cherry blossom trees, the park is one of the most popular in Nagoya. 



Nara Sakura Spots

As the old imperial capital of Japan, Nara has many national heritage sites for visitors to see. It is located just a few hours away from Kyoto and has many well known cherry blossoms spots just like its neighbor. 

Best time to go: Late March to Early April 



1. Nara Park

The most popular sakura spot in Nara, Nara Park

The most popular sakura spot in Nara, Nara Park — Photo by Kaoru Photography

First established in the 1300s, Nara Park is home to nearly 1200 wild, roaming deer, as well as hundreds of cherry blossom trees. Purchase a handful of deer crackers and the furry creatures will be sure to gather around you, making this a perfect photo spot for animal lovers.



2. Mt.Yoshino

Mt. Yoshino has more than 30,000 cherry blossom trees — Photo by Kaoru Photography

Mt. Yoshino has more than 30,000 cherry blossom trees — Photo by Kaoru Photography

Take a walk through Mt. Yoshino and stare in amazement at the incredible 30,000 cherry blossom trees it has on display. There are plenty of photo spots to choose from and the mountain itself is a very fun visit for families and couples alike. 



3. Mt. Wakakusa 

You can also find deer and cherry blossoms at Mt. Wakakusa! — Photo by Kaoru Photography

You can also find deer and cherry blossoms at Mt. Wakakusa! — Photo by Kaoru Photography

Mt Wakakusa is famous for being an area mostly devoid of trees except for the cherry blossoms that line the path at the bottom of the mountain. 







Shizuoka Sakura Spots

Located between Tokyo and Osaka, this little-known prefecture is actually very famous for a special type of cherry blossom rarely found in other areas of Japan. Known as "Kawazakura" or "Kawazu" cherry blossoms, these flowering trees grow in the Kawazu area and are renowned for their vibrant pink hues and early blooming schedule. Shizuoka is also home to Mt Fuji so you can take photos with two famous Japanese icons at once.

Best time to go: Late March to Early April 



1. Hamamatsu Flower Park 

The Hamamatsu park boasts more than 100,000 plants — Photo by Hiromichi Shimizu

The Hamamatsu park boasts more than 100,000 plants — Photo by Hiromichi Shimizu

This park in Shizuoka is more than 300,000 square meters and holds 100,000 plants of 3,000 varieties. The wide assortment of flowers blossoming at different times makes this a picturesque park to visit all year around. 



2. Gotenyama

Also recommended as a light walking spot — Photo by La Chou-Choute

Also recommended as a light walking spot — Photo by La Chou-Choute

A very popular cherry blossom spot in the spring, Gotenyama boasts about 600 of the Yoshino cherry tree. 


3. Ieyama Sakura Tunnel 

Also recommended as a light walking spot — Photo by La Chou-Choute

The Ieyama Sakura Tunnel is a glorious photo back drop — Photo by GRAPHYS

Ieyama Sakura Tunnel boasts a little over 500 cherry blossom trees which form a beautiful tunnel along the road. 



Tokyo Sakura Spots

The world famous city hardly needs any introduction. With millions of visitors every year, Tokyo is one of the most popular cities in Japan. Though mostly known for electric streets and busy crosswalks, the city that never sleeps has many sakura spots to offer. Here are the three most popular:

Best time to go: Late March to Early April 


1. Shinjuku Gyoen National Park 

There are several different types of gardens in Shinjuku Gyoen National Park — Photo by WEDDING PICTURES

There are several different types of gardens in Shinjuku Gyoen National Park — Photo by WEDDING PICTURES

Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, located in central Tokyo and just a few minutes from Shinjuku station, has several gardens each with their own unique style. The most notable features of the park are its English garden, French garden, and Japanese garden, but there are a number of smaller areas and rest houses for visitors to see.


2. Ueno Park

Besides the cherry blossoms, you can also visit the many temples and museums in the area! — Photo by KISA photography

After you've seen the cherry blossoms, you can also visit the many temples and museums in the area! — Photo by KISA photography


With more than 1000 cherry blossom trees, Ueno Park is easily one of the most popular sakura viewing spots in Tokyo. There is no lack of photo spots from which to choose but due to its popularity the park can become quite crowded during the spring. 


3. Yoyogi Park

Sweet sakura shot — Photo by ecoo

Sweet sakura shot — Photo by ecoo

Located near Harajuku Station, Yoyogi Park is divided into three main areas - a conventional park area, an outdoor stage, and indoor stadium. The main park area is where you will find most visitors and it is most recommended for picnics and photos.  


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